Colin Howe

17 December 2017

Coming back online

It has been too long. I last wrote on my blog in 2012. This was not long after I started at Conversocial. Since then it has been a bit of a rollercoaster. I spent around six a half years helping build Conversocial from a team of 2ish (it’s complicated) up to 80 full time employees. It was a busy time and I deprioritised my writing.

At the end of 2016 I decided it was time for me to move on from Conversocial. It was time for something new, but, I did not know what. So, I took some time out and did a few things:

Having spent some time writing I have remembered how much I enjoyed it and also how much it helps me. So, I’m baaaack! :)

I’ve decided to overhaul my blog. This means my old entries are gone. I considered converting them all, but, they’re five years out of date and I think that the technical aspects of them might not be entirely reliable now. I’ll keep an eye on the analytics and see if any need resurrecting.

What I am up to now

I’ve recently (6 months ago) started at another London based startup, Juggle Jobs. I’ve got back into tiny things! We’re currently 5ish people (we have 5 full time and a few people that help us out from time to time). It is in an area I never thought I would ever be in: recruitment. I have a distaste for the recruitment industry. As a sweeping generalisation it is full of agents that act entirely in their own self interest and care little for either the people they are representing or the businesses they are working with. I met the founder of Juggle Jobs, Romanie Thomas. Romanie convinced me that it’s time we changed the industry.

We’re now in the process of building a platform that makes recruitment better. We have a particular focus on enabling the future of work. By this, I mean anything that isn’t the traditional 9 to 5 in an office 5 days a week. Flexible working, part-time working, remote working, unusual hours. All of it.

I’m excited about enabling people to work in ways that really suit their lives. Let’s stop compromising our happiness for our work.

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